Are You Listening to the Words that are Coming out of My Mouth?
“My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them and health to all their body. Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth and put devious speech far from you. Let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. Watch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established. Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil.” – Proverbs 4:20-27, NASB
Resolution #3: Keep Saying What God Says
Last week we talked about the importance of doing a heart detox in the new year. Taking a break from the toxic stuff we see, what we say, and places we go, both mentally and physically.This week we’re focused on resolution number #3: Keep Saying What God Says.
People say that you don’t know how much faith you have until a trial comes. They say it’s easy to praise God in the good times, but those difficult times are when your true character appears. Recently, I’ve been reading fiction about great men of faith and their wives. Reading these stories have caused me to read more of the Bible to compare the stories the author wove with the actual biblical accounts. These stories have also reminded me of the failings of human beings, even those whom God chose and worked through mightily.
Take Abraham and Sarah for instance. Imagine you’re Abraham and were told to leave your family and travel to a distant land, yet to be disclosed. God promised you a son, not only a son, but that you would be Father to nations of people. But you’re way past your prime, and so is your once vibrant wife. How do you hold on to His promise?
Imagine you’re Sarah. You’ve waited for years for God to fulfill His promise. When you started the journey, you were all in, supportive of Abraham’s dream and God’s assurances. As the years go by, with no child, you start to doubt. Your doubt, feelings of unworthiness, and quite frankly fear of God not coming through, causes you to take matters into your own hands, and convince your husband that maybe his misunderstood God too. However, when your solution only serves to remind you of your failings, and causes strife in your home, you try to get rid of the evidence.
You’re neither Abraham, nor Sarah, right? You’ve never doubted God, right? You’ve never laughed when he showed you the promise, right? You’ve never wanted God’s promise so much that you would do anything to get it, huh? Naw, not us Christians!! Well, guess what, Abraham and Sarah had those moments.
Resolution #3 is for those Abraham and Sarah moments. For those David & Bathsheba moments. For those Moses, Solomon, Esther, or Saul moments. What these folks have in common is that God called them to do something awesome. And they accomplished it. But, they had moments of doubt or messed up along the way. But the difference is they kept saying what God said. They kept the promise front and center, even when they veered to the left or the right, they self-corrected (or God corrected them) and came back to center.
Saying what God says is more than reciting scripture. It’s believing with your heart that God is sovereign. That He is Adonai. He is Elohim. He is El Shaddai. He is El Elyon. His word is not just a compilation of great stories about miracles and mighty works that only applied to biblical times. His word is alive and it applies to every issue you experience today. God is the Word and the Word is God. As such, it cannot lie.
Resolution #3 comes after the heart detox because you have to get your heart in line and remove all of the clutter that may cause you to doubt Him, or the purpose He has for you. Typically after a detox, when you eat something you used to eat regularly, it doesn’t have the same taste because you’ve gone without it. If you’ve detoxed long enough, your cravings for those other food no longer bother you. The same after your heart detox. With that clutter gone, you can say what God says and truly believe it without any hindrances.
If you lack examples faith in action, you haven’t read enough Great Is devotionals. The cornerstone of this devotional is providing examples of how God has moved in our lives, with the hope that you see Him moving, or invite Him to move in yours.
In week one of the series I told you I’m believing God for divine health. The Word says that by Jesus’ stripes I am healed. Unfortunately, my body has not yet caught up. But, I am not giving up. Mainly because the Word says that Jesus healed all manner of sickness and disease. All manner. That includes what’s been bothering me! When I started this journey to health over a year ago, I just knew I would be healed within 6 months. When the 6th month came around and I was still having symptoms, I told God (gently), “I thought you said I would be healed?” He told me that I was healed, but I needed to go through the steps He told me to complete as an act of obedience.
As each month has passed since then I have relied not on my treatment, but on the sovereignty of God and His word. I have not put faith in doctors, or even my own ability to follow instructions, but in God’s power to make His word manifest for me. So now when I say, “By Jesus’ stripes I am healed.” I believe it with my whole heart because God said it. That doesn’t stop doubt from trying to creep in with each new month of the same symptoms. I’m not sure when my healing will happen, but I know it will happen because God’s word promises it. So, I keep saying what God says.
The scriptures below tell us who God is and what He promises. Use them to get in agreement with Him.
What’s hindering you from truly believing what God says about your situation?
This concludes the series New Year: New You. I hope you will continue to use these resolution boosters to help you accomplish what God wants you to accomplish in your life.
Resolution #1: Say What God Says
Resolution #2: Clean Your Heart
Resolution #3: Keep Saying What God Says
Tamara & the Great Is Team